Jagdeo not in support of any policy regulating the media

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By Fareeza Haniff

Opposition Leader, Bharrat Jagdeo. [iNews' Photo]
Opposition Leader, Bharrat Jagdeo. [iNews’ Photo]
[www.inewsguyana.com] –Leader of the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) and former President, Bharrat Jagdeo has made it clear that he will not support any media policy by the APNU+AFC government, which seeks to regulate media entities in Guyana.

Jagdeo was at the time responding to comments made by his Party’s General Secretary, Clement Rohee, who earlier in the day told a news conference that the PPP would support such a policy.

But Jagdeo during a telephone interview with iNews on Monday, August 31, said that the PPP never discussed the issue since he became Opposition Leader.

“First of all, I am not aware that the Party has discussed this matter and secondly I am totally against any policy where the government would regulate the media,” Jagdeo told iNews.

When told that the PPP has been in support of such a policy in the past, Jagdeo explained that he never touted for the media to be regulated.

“I was President for 12 years and I never touted the regulation of the media… I am telling you my position. This is me as Bharrat Jagdeo.”

The former President explained that although he has and continues to be heavily criticized by the press, he will never support a media policy.

“I have been faced with the brunt of unethical reporting, slander, outright lies but in spite of all of that, I believe that the media should self regulate. I do not believe that government has any business in regulating the media,” Jagdeo noted.

Earlier in the day, Rohee told reporters that the PPP wants a public debate before the APNU+AFC government moves to draft and implement the media policy.

5 COMMENTS

  1. Yes, yes, yes to you Former President Bharrat Jagdeo for standing up to these clowns – you are absolutely right that during your terms as president you were subjected to allot of bias media reporting from Kaiteur News, Freddie Kissoon and a bunch of other so call journalists. You and the PPP regime took in strides when the then opposition gloated and supported the bias reporting. Now that the table is turned the current regime wants to control the media. Now I ask where are all the journalists, Kaiteur News and the rest of reporters. What happened – are all of you afraid to speak up or is it that you like to be dictated. What happen to freedom of speech and freedom of press? Yes the 100 days came and went with no big “Change” but only with ” Small Change”. That is all Guyana is going to get small change or chump
    Change. Dr. Jagdeo stick to your position for the 49.5% of the Giyanese people and probably 75% today that supported the PPP – if only we can role back time but unfortunately we cannot do that. Mr. Granger – what happen to you, we never hear your position on such issues. Guess you are just a figure head doing the dirty work behind the scenes like you have done in the past.

  2. The media should never be regulated.It is like marriage vows between the media, the public and the politician—“for better or for worst”. Jagdegone,right answer.

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